(15/02/2019) Professor of the course "Political Behavior" at UOC.
(31/01/2019) Professor of the course "Data Analysis using PSPP" at EAPC.
(31/01/2019) Paper accepted for publication at Social Indicators Research.
(15/01/2019) Book manuscript submitted to Brill Academic Publishers.
(20/11/2018) Paper accepted for publication at Technologies.
Welcome to my website!
I am a social scientist and a survey researcher. I received a Ph.D. (European Doctor) in political science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Previously, I was a TMR research fellow at the Mannheim Center for European Social Research (MZES), University of Mannheim.
I work as a senior researcher at the Center for Opinion Studies (CEO), the official institute for public opinion studies of the Government of Catalonia (Spain). I also teach at the Open University of Catalonia UOC (political behavior), and at the Public Administration School of Catalonia EAPC (data analysis and survey methodology). I am a member of the research group "Democracy, Elections, and Citizenship" at the Department of Political Science of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
My substantive research interests revolve around values, political culture, public opinion and political behavior. Methodologically, I'm specially concerned about age-period-cohort effects, multilevel modeling, latent variables, causal inference, and survey methods. I have received specialized training at the University of California Berkeley, University of Oslo, University of Essex, and Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology.
My research has been published in a number of journals including European Political Science Review, Social Indicators Research, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and International Journal of Public Opinion Research. My forthcoming book, The Rhythm of Modernization. How Values Change over Time, will be published in November 2019 by Brill.
Tormos, R. (2019): "Measuring Personal Economic Hardship and Its Impact on Political Trust During the Great Recession", Social Indicators Research
Tormos, R. (2018): "Question-Order Effects in the Evaluation of Political Institutions in Decentralized Polities", International Journal of Public Opinion Research
Tormos, R., The Rhythm of Modernization. How Values Change over Time. Forthcoming in November 2019 at Brill Academic Publishers.
In The Rhythm of Modernization, Raül Tormos analyses the pace at which belief systems change across the developed world during the modernization process. It is often assumed that value change follows the slow rhythm of generational replacement. This book, however, reports trends that contradict this assumption in the field of values. Challenging Inglehart’s modernization theory, the transition from traditional to modern values happens much quicker than predicted. Many “baby-boomers” who were church-going, morally conservative materialists when they were young, become unchurched and morally tolerant postmaterialists in their later years. Using surveys from multiple countries over many years, and applying cutting-edge statistical techniques, this book shows how citizens quickly adapt their belief systems to new circumstances throughout their lives.